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Issue #1572 :: Monday, April 16, 2007

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So It Goes...
When novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., appeared on “The Daily Show” two years ago to promote his latest book, “A Man Without a Country,” the pairing of host Jon Stewart and the curmudgeonly, yet sharp octogenarian might have seemed slightly mismatched. Although Stewart’s sincere awe for the legendary author was apparent even from his stumbling introduction, the two were clearly from different generations. Already bearing more than a passing resemblance to his satiric forerunner Mark Twain in his crumpled white suit and matching mess of unruly curls, Vonnegut seemed even more anachronistic alongside the young, clean-cut Stewart. Yet looking back now, in the wake of Vonnegut’s passing last Wednesday, the interaction seems less a study in contrast and more an evolution. If not for Vonnegut’s subversively comic approach to touchy subjects like war, politics and the general decline of humanity, Stewart may very well not have a desk to sit behind. If Vonnegut was the purveyor of irreverent topical humor of his day, Stewart and his camp have inherited and updated this idiom for a YouTube era.

McNeill Shines Again, Grabs Two NCAA National Titles
Junior Tim McNeill woke up Saturday morning with a feeling he had never felt before a meet in his life. He was nervous.

Darkness at Noon
Quietly, very quietly, the state of California continues to tinker with the machinery of death. Construction of a new execution chamber has begun at San Quentin State Prison, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. The governor, whose administration is responsible for the project, faces criticism that the project was purposefully hidden from lawmakers and the public. State law requires legislative approval of construction projects costing over $400,000. Prison officials decided that it would take $399,000, a number that has drawn criticism from many lawmakers, as it seems to have been arrived at only to avoid bringing in the Legislature. The new facility is about twice the size of the current one, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Nankin Top Spender in Executive Races
As ASUC elections came to a close last Friday, candidates spent a total of about $11,930 on their campaigns.

News

Nankin Top Spender in Executive Races
As ASUC elections came to a close last Friday, candidates spent a total of about $11,930 on their campaigns.

Proposed State Bill Gives Cities Power to Close Liquor Stores
A proposed California State Assembly bill would give cities a new tool to shut down problem liquor stores, by buying their liquor licenses, officials announced Friday.

Vegan Cycling Team Natural Athletes
Emily Thurston is a category one cyclist. She is also a vegan.

International House Raises $10 Million for Anniversary
The International House has successfully raised more than $10 million in its 75th anniversary campaign, leading to the development of several new scholarships aimed to support first-year doctoral candidates residing in the multicultural house.

Over 200 at Local Meeting Discuss Global Warming
A cold and rainy Saturday morning did not stop a town hall meeting in Berkeley called “The Temperature’s Rising!”, which brought together local and state officials, environment experts and area residents to discuss global warming and ways to combat it.

Project Aims to Increase Energy and Cost Efficiencies of Networks
Research on environmental sustainability at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is not confined to new biofuel technology.

New In Brief
Censures Sought Against Student Life Fee, DAAP

Correction
Friday's article “Radio Tags in ID Cards Raise Privacy Issues” misspelled


Sports

McNeill Shines Again, Grabs Two NCAA National Titles
Junior Tim McNeill woke up Saturday morning with a feeling he had never felt before a meet in his life. He was nervous.

Cal Content With Solid Finish at NCAA Meet
The NCAA West Regionals had come to Berkeley Saturday night at Haas Pavilion, and the atmosphere was noticeably different. There were flags, hand-painted signs and pom-poms. There was a row of diehards chanting “Utah” after every routine.

Bears Slap Beavers With Rare Defeat But Still Lose Series
Ask anyone on the Cal baseball team about losing 2-of-3 games this weekend against Oregon State, and they would probably call it a disappointment.

Defending Champion Babos Unable to Close Out Rival Foe
Standing across the net from a familiar foe, defending NCAA singles champion Susie Babos knew she had the upper hand.

Bears’ Dud Clouds Playoff Chances
The Cal men’s tennis team has put its playoff hopes in jeopardy. After defeating Washington and Oregon last week, the Bears could have all but clinched a tournament berth with a win over the weekend.

Bears Two-Minute Gamble Doesn’t Pay Off
Like a driver who bobbles a pass because she is consumed with the thought of shooting, the No. 5 Cal women’s water polo team got ahead of itself Saturday.

Cal Gets Blown Away in Windy Desert, Drop Third Straight Contest
As if facing the defending national champions on the road was not hard enough, the Cal softball team battled No. 4 Arizona in 40 mph winds to cap off a winless three-game road trip in the desert.

Cal Rows to Two Victories, Await Rival Stanford Next Week
Despite the fact that Cal men’s crew was left out of this year’s Windermere Classic, coach Steve Gladstone reiterated how the team was not going to lose focus and just be thankful for the opportunity to race.

Bears Sloppy in Return Home
The Cal lacrosse team was relieved to play its first home game after losing four straight contests on the East Coast, but everything about Saturday’s match against Oregon made it seem like the Bears were still on the road.

Victory Over Tennessee Headlines Bears’ Sunday Comeback
After Saturday’s disappointing results by No. 5 Cal women’s crew in the varsity eight races against No. 16 Notre Dame and Louisville in the Windermere Classic, coach Dave O’Neill knew it was essential to make some changes going into Sunday’s races.

Six Cal Athletes Earn Regional Qualifying Mark
The Big Meet occurred over a week ago, but its effects on the Cal track and field team still persist.

Bears’ Green Freshman Shines in Desert
Freshman Chris Jensen certainly felt some jitters standing on the starting tee of the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.


Arts & Entertainment

So It Goes...
When novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., appeared on “The Daily Show” two years ago to promote his latest book, “A Man Without a Country,” the pairing of host Jon Stewart and the curmudgeonly, yet sharp octogenarian might have seemed slightly mismatched. Although Stewart’s sincere awe for the legendary author was apparent even from his stumbling introduction, the two were clearly from different generations. Already bearing more than a passing resemblance to his satiric forerunner Mark Twain in his crumpled white suit and matching mess of unruly curls, Vonnegut seemed even more anachronistic alongside the young, clean-cut Stewart. Yet looking back now, in the wake of Vonnegut’s passing last Wednesday, the interaction seems less a study in contrast and more an evolution. If not for Vonnegut’s subversively comic approach to touchy subjects like war, politics and the general decline of humanity, Stewart may very well not have a desk to sit behind. If Vonnegut was the purveyor of irreverent topical humor of his day, Stewart and his camp have inherited and updated this idiom for a YouTube era.

Yellowcard Leaves Greek Half-Empty
ASUC and SUPERB’s Spring Concert was a commendable effort on the part of the student organizations involved. A benefit for Darfur, the concert drew throngs of students to the Greek Theatre on a pleasant Saturday afternoon, where they were entertained by performances from Mates of State, Aesop Rock and Yellowcard.

Barestage Boasts a Seedy, Sexed-up ‘Cabaret’
Everyone loves a lighthearted Nazi musical. "The Sound of Music" and "The Producers" are both toe-tapping fun, even with the occasional presence of stormtroopers. Darker fare, on the other hand, is a harder sell, which is why the success of Barestage’s "Cabaret" is so impressive. Bleak, moving and deeply unsettling, it is a striking production of the classic musical.

Adult Swim Series’ Film Debut Will Bewilder
Erupting with an anti-audience escapade parade of heavy-metal candy-stand refreshments and continuing to an Egypt millions of years ago that happens to also be New York at 3 pm and filled with shake-drinking Sphinxes and modern airplanes roaring overhead the titular trio’s throw down with an oversized poodle with laser eyes, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres" says it quite clear right up front:

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